Tony Smith, Business Services and Code Specialist
In areas of signage, architectural design, code enforcement, networking, partnerships, and program opportunities, the ACC works with local property owners to ensure that all activities on commercial properties are in compliance with ACC rules and regulations.
Owning a Business in Anthem
Anthem consists of a mixture of residential, commercial, office, industrial and public uses, making it a unique pioneer amongst master planned communities. Although Anthem is an unincorporated community, the area of Anthem west of I-17, was annexed by the City of Phoenix. Because of this, businesses west side of I-17 fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Phoenix. For businesses located to the east of I-17, Maricopa County is the governing entity.
Business License | Sales Tax
Anthem does not require a business license. Depending on location, contact the City of Phoenix or Maricopa County for additional requirements. Because Anthem is unincorporated and not a municipality/city, it does not collect sales tax. However, regardless of location property in Anthem, commercial property owners pay a semiannual assessment to the ACC.
Both temporary and permanent signs require ACC approval. Permanent signs must go through the ACC design review approval process. Additional signage permits are required from either the City of Phoenix (west of I-17) or Maricopa County (east of I-17) after ACC approval.
- Access the ACC Signage Submittal Requirements and Application >>
- Access the Temporary On-Site Advertising Devices Policy and Application >> (temporary sign/banner, a-frame or flutter flag design review approval)
Non-Residential Design Guidelines
The guidelines provide a comprehensive set of design criteria to be used for all commercial properties.
In April 2016, the ACC adopted a new design review fee policy. Design review fees will apply to all new building projects, existing building/site modifications and exterior building signage.
- Arizona Commerce Authority
- Greater Phoenix Economic Council
- Visit Phoenix
- Business Directory Listing